These messages address two major workplace myths: work/life balance and doing more with less. Greg ran the OKC Memorial Marathon three consecutive years and extracted these truths about going the distance.
MARATHON MADNESS 1
Work/Life Balance Myth
“Balance” is an impossible aspiration. It is unachievable because we don’t live in a vacuum. From external societal forces and changing business environments, to co-worker decisions, our lives are impacted beyond our control. If our sights are set on having everything in balance, we’ll become permanently dissatisfied.
Greg proposes approaching life through a lens of pacing. Different legs along the race require different exertion. A marathon is not a sprint, and neither is your career. More accurately, your life is a marathon. People often say individuals don’t lay on their deathbed wishing they’d spent more time at the office. They also don’t wish they’d found more balance.
What our souls desire is fulfillment. This is found in relationships and in the work which we give ourselves.
Critical to your success is understanding which metrics you use to measure fulfillment. Many simply use time, which creates another false reality. When you run a marathon you don’t measure your speed, you track your pace. This message unpacks pacing:
P – Point of Reference. Are you creating references to prepare for what’s upcoming?
A – Adaptable. Change will happen. The unexpected will occur. Your ability to respond positively
C – Caliber. Awareness of your current capacity empowers effective decision making.
E – Encouragement. The free fuel for you and others is readily available.
This message gives those who feel overwhelmed practical hope. If people are waiting for things
to slow down, get easier, or become less demanding, they will be perpetually disheartened. You
cannot change the external world around you, but you can find fulfillment in your own pacing.
An extended version allows exploration of five traits of chaotic work environments and how to
MARATHON MADNESS 2
From Greg’s second marathon to his third he dropped 21 minutes and 8 seconds from his finish time. It was the same course with his same body and yet he was able to produce significant gains. When all the parameters at work stay the same and yet more is required, how is that possible? Or more accurately, when even less resources are available and more is expected, how can that be achieved? This message gives insight on how to flourish in that scenario.
Three Altering Elements that enable gain within constraints
Small Consistent Adjustments. When it feels like the only solution is a drastic one, we miss the huge gains offered by minor tweaks.
Involve External Disruptors. Entirely new perspectives are gleaned from outside sources.
Identify Your True Nemesis. Too many are focused on overcoming the wrong hindrances, disabling their chance for progress.
Strategic Shifts. Making changes wisely can multiply results. A few key shifts rearranges
As with all aspects of growth, just because you know what to do, doesn’t make it any easier. Consistently putting these elements into place is hard. However, after a bit of drudgery, new muscles are developed, neuro-pathways cut, and effective new habits appear.
It’s possible to do significantly more than what’s currently being accomplished … Really!
An extended version allows exploration of how to make change yours. When change happens to us there are clear steps we can take to not just accept, but own the change; therefore benefitting from it.